We recently started a new feature here on Get Up With God. Send your deepest, thorniest, most mind-boggling Bible questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my very best to answer ’em in 100 words or less.
This week you get two questions for the price of one:
What does the Bible really say about Satan?
The Bible describes Satan as a fallen angel who rebelled against God, was thrown out of heaven and now battles against humans and God.
“Satan” literally means “adversary” and that’s exactly what he is. He’s also called the devil, the accuser, the evil one, the father of lies, the prince of darkness and the god of this age.
How should Christians react to Satan?
The Bible warns us to be “self-controlled” and “alert” because Satan “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” We’re told to “resist him, standing firm in the faith” (1 Peter 5:8). If we resist Satan, he’ll flee from us (James 4:7).
God has infinitely more power than Satan. “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Satan is a creature — not divine. While he has powers to deceive, tempt and accuse, he is finite and limited in space and time.
Jesus modeled how to deal with Satan and his deceptions. We should know God’s word, be filled with the Spirit and do God’s will. By his life, death on the cross and resurrection, Jesus has already dealt Satan a death blow. Satan’s defeat will become obvious and final at the end of the world when he and his followers will be thrown into the eternal fire.